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During summer months I glow, no matter what.  I have oily skin and while there are products that give me semi matte skin for a few hours when it’s sweltering, there is nothing that can keep me matte all day. Its  easier to keep a matte sculpted face when temperatures start to drop. However, I still have to do some work to find products that will not only stay matte but also won’t dry out my skin. Since we just started fall (and hopefully the start of consistently cooler weather) I thought I share the Products  I Use for a Matte Sculpted Face.

Christene Carr - Matte Sculpted Face

Face Primer

If I want matte skin, I have to start with a mattifying primer — it’s really not up for debate.  Becca Ever Matte Poreless Primer targets oil-prone areas of the face to slow down the breakthrough of oil. It is formulated without silicones, parabens and oils and can be applied under and over foundation. I apply under my foundation and wait for it to completely dry down then I apply my foundation.

Foundation

My foundation collection is extensive but right now these three are in heavy rotation:

  1. Cover FX Cream Foundation –  is a rich emollient base foundation that is free of gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens and talc. It offers  sheer to full coverage and works on any skin type, even sensitive.  While I use this foundation all your ’round, I especially like it during cooler months. I am shade N 100 and use N 80 and N 110 to highlight and contour.
  2. Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Cream – Discovered this over the summer and did a full review here.
  3. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation  Stick–  Uses a transparent base with skin tone correcting pigments. I wear shades Golden Almond and Almond. The foundation is very creamy but not oily. It delivers sheer to full coverage and I love that I can just swipe it over my face and blend with fingers or a foundation brush. Available in an incredible 24 shades.

Using all three of these with the Becca primer extends the wear and I can stay matte longer.

Setting Powder

When using cream or liquid foundations, setting powder is a must.  Setting powders extends the wear and reduces the amount of product that is transferred.

  1. Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
  2. Cover FX Matte Setting Powder in Medium
  3. NYX Mineral “Set It & Don’t Fret It” Matte Finishing Powder

All of these powders work great with a powder brush when I want a natural skin finish or i’m doing a super quick application, when I want a more matte finish I’ve been using Areo Minerale Powder Puff.  It sounds old school but the press and roll method to applying setting powder is a totally new discovery for me and I only tried it because all 3786 of my powder brushes were dirty (don’t judge me.)

Lid Primer

When I go matte, I go all the way, even my shadow.   Lid primers work to keep lids matte and also help to make shadows more vivid and long lasting. Here are my favorites:

  1. Ruby Kisses
  2. Urban Decay Primer Potion

Eye Shadow

  1. Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette – I love this neutral Becca palette because all the shades are matte and the pigment is fantastic. I use my finger to smudge the darkest shade into the lash line and blend upwards. I also use my finger to add the lightest shade to the browbone and inner corner of my eyes.  It takes about a minute to apply both. I love when my shadows can double as brow filler…I use the darkest shade with this brush to fill in and define my brows.

Blush/Bronzer

Guerlain’s  Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-made Bronzing Powder in Ebony is perfect multipurpose product. It is combination of 4 shades that help to highlight and sculpt my face.  It has just a hint of shimmer which is perfect to add depth to my overall matte sculpted look. I isolate the darkest shade and use it in the hollows of my cheeks to contour, while using the lightest shade as a highlighter.  I swirl a blush brush over the entire palette and use as a blush.

Lipstick

Fall Lipsticks - Christene Carr

With such a simple look on the face it is possible to wear just about any lip color. In this post I show four lip colors (above) that I’m loving for fall.  I still have all four in rotation but also added these:

  1. Lorac Pro Matte Lip Pencil in Ruby and Merlot
  2. Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Ultra 650
  3. Black Opal Color Splurge Luxe Matte Lipstick in  Rich Red

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What products do you use to  for a matte sculpted face?

Please share in the comments.

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

 

 

 

 

 

The official start of summer is upon us. It seems like mere minutes ago we all had the collective shivers because winter just would not end. Summer brings much needed warmth but it also brings humidity that is sometimes stifling. Heat, humidity and makeup don’t go well together, so, I’m on a quest to find all the products that are formulated to survive the dreaded summer heat and humidity. This week I’m trying the BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Créme.

BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Créme

BECCA’s new Ultimate Coverage Complexion Créme is full-coverage foundation that is made with high concentrations of pigment and water. More pigments means a little goes a long way and during hot summer months we want to use as little product as possible. According to BECCA, the foundation is clinically proven to provide 24 hour coverage that is water and transfer resistant.

 

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BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme in Tobacco and Sienna

I used two shades, Tobacco and Sienna. After moisturizing and adding sunscreen, I applied Tobacco to the inside areas of my face and Sienna on the outside. I can sometimes be a whole shade darker by the end of summer so starting off with two shades to mix and match as my complexion changes is never a bad thing. The Ultimate Coverage Complexion Créme is truly ultimate. Using a foundation brush, about a pea size amount was enough to cover the inside areas of my face. I then blended in about a half a pea size amount of Sienna to the outer areas. This was enough to give me full coverage and I have spots to cover. I set it with a translucent powder. It wore exceptionally well for more than 8 hours with minimal oil breakthrough, even on my oily skin.

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BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme in Tobacco and Sienna and products from here.

I took the BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme on a test drive to Florida and it held up equally well with just a bit more oil coming to the surface. I used blotting paper (and Starbucks napkins) to blot down excess oil and I was good to go.  While there was some transfer, it was minimal and is to be expected because of the oiliness of my skin. Overall, this is a solid foundation that can definitely be worn during the hot and humid summer months…and beyond.  It is available in 20 shades, from Porcelain to Cocoa and retails for $44.

What’s your go-to foundation for summer?

Find  me, @ChristeneCarr, on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and my personal blog

 

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This post is inspired by the barometer. In case you haven’t noticed — Spring has sprung and Summer’s just ’round the corner. Hopefully you’ve been reading ThisThatBeauty all Fall/ Winter and have been putting in work with respect to your skin care routine. For if you have, you will embrace my upcoming recommendation. But if you have been bad little ThisThatBeauty bellas and have not taken my sage skin care advice all Fall/ Winter, well….you’re gonna go into a state of panic over this next sentence.

It is time to ditch your beloved moderate to full coverage foundation & lighten up with a tinted moisturizer.

Unless you want your face to melt clear off of your face, I beg you to set aside the full coverage foundation for the next few months…

Summer is the time of year to show a little skin…skin on your arms, legs, midriff (preferably, at the beach – please), and face. When I think of tinted moisturizers I generally think of them as a go-to products for individuals with near perfect skin. If you’re anything like me (and most women), your skin is not perfect…and that’s ok. While its never too late to start a proper skin care regimen to address your skin care issues, at this point I encourage you to embrace the skin you’re in and tone down your makeup with a tinted moisturizer.

For those of you with slight uneven skin-tone and minor discoloration, — a tinted moisturizer will bump up your complexion and give the appearance of bare beautiful skin. For those of you dealing with more severe skin conditions like acne and hyperpigmentation — I still recommend a tinted moisturizer. While it will not give the appearance of perfect skin, like with a heavier foundation, it will clean up the canvas, calm the skin, and cancel out redness and blotchiness. Your skin will feel light and refreshed without a heavy coating of foundation competing with 80 degree days. As someone who’s been there with troubled skin, believe me when I tell you that at some point you have to (as the old folks say) “let go and let God”. It is simply too hot and too humid to mess around with heavy foundation during the summer. Continue to focus on your morning/evening skin care routine and your skin’s condition will improve over time. But in the meantime, especially for the warm summer months, strip down your foundation just a bit and give a tinted moisturizer a try.

Do you have a favorite tinted moisturizer in your current makeup arsenal? Well you know I wouldn’t put you through this whole soap box soliloquy on tinted moisturizer without offering up a few of my favs. Yep, ThisThatBeauty’s got your back:

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++ I mean. .  . dang, NARS! Why didn’t you just call it “best-skin-of-your-life-in-a-tube”?…because that’s exactly what this lightweight skin perfector delivers! Available in nine exquisite shades ranging from Finland (Lightest with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones) to Polynesia (Dark with warm chocolate undertones), not only does Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer perfect the complexion with just a few drops, it also delivers skin-enhancing antioxidants and powerful full spectrum sun protection. And while I advise the use of a separate SPF underneath your makeup, Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer packs a really nice bonus SPF of 30 PA+++. After application my skin appears more smooth & subtlety illuminated. This has become my summer staple!

BECCA Luminous Skin Colour Sheer Colour Makeup SPF20 is another ThisThatBeauty fav. You all know that I love my BECCA Compact Concealer to pieces, but come Memorial Day I switch over to a lightweight formula. In addition to offering sun protection, this multitasking tinted moisturizer contains antioxidant vitamins A, B, D, and E to aid tissue repair, increase collagen renewal and hydration, and protect against free radical damage. The soothing soothing anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients in the formula make BECCA Luminous Skin Colour Sheer Colour Makeup SPF 20 a great choice for individuals with sensitive skin.

CoverFx Skin Tint FX Moisturizing Treatment and Tint is an oil-free, paraben-free, and water resistant formula with skin repairing ingredients and anti-aging technology. The shades available range from C Light to M Deep…that’s like a “light olive” to a “warm walnut”. SkinTint FX’s formula is light and silky. The finish is a natural sun-kissed glow. SkinTint FX contains SPF 30 and multi-vitamin antioxidants A and E. It is also supercharged with emollients, such as ceramide 2, vitamin F and emollients derived from Mediterranean olives. This one’s packed with goodness!

La Mer Fluid Tint SPF 18 ($65) is a water based formula that adds a touch of color for a smooth, even finish. Enriched with gemstones, Fluid Tint absorbs light energy, transforming it into beneficial green light to enhance anti-oxidant activity. Photonic spheres redirect and diffuse light. Light-reactive seaweeds bind moisture to the skin, helping to prevent dehydration. La Mer Fluid Tint SPF 18 comes in three shades: Light, Medium, and Dark.

per-fekt skin perfection gel is a skin perfector that instantly enhances the appearance of the skin offering an easy breezy summertime appropriate alternative to traditional foundation, primer, color corrector and powder. This powerhouse gel-mousse instantly enhances skin tone, helps to maintain hydration, and significantly reduces the appearance of redness and discoloration. It also helps to diminish the appearance of enlarged pores, pesky fine lines and embarrassing ill-placed shine. per-fekt comes in five shades: Translucent (colorless for all skin tones), Luminous (very light neutral/fair skin tones), Radiant (medium beige/fair to medium skin tones), Rich (warm tan/tanned skin), Decadent (deep tan/ doubles as a bronzer for lighter skin tones).

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint allows you to hydrate, cover, and protect all in one formula. This lightweight tint leaves skin beautifully hydrated, with sheer even toned coverage while shielding skin from environmental damage. Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint contains Seve Marine, a green algae that replenishes dehydrated skin, leaving it smooth and supple. The formula is packed with free-radical fighting antioxidants of Kiwi Extract and vitamin E, Licorice Root Extract to calm redness and inflammation, and Menthol to provide a cooling effect. The nourishing formula also includes Youngblood’s signature mineral blend of Rhodolite, Zincite, Hematite and Malachite, which help protect skin cells and tissue.

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint comes in four skin-perfecting shades: Natural, a bare shade for Light to Medium skin; Warm, a rich brown for Medium skin tones; Tan, a toasty shade for Medium skin; and Golden Sun, a soft, shimmering golden shade for illuminating Medium to Deep skin tones. Golden Sun is my personal fav for highlighting the skin! Visit Youngblood at Henri Bendel NYC.

POP Beauty No Show Correct & Protect Tint is a weightless SPF 30 tint gel that evens out uneven tone and discoloration. The formula is oil-free, water based, and enriched with Vitamins C and E. POP Beauty No Show Correct & Protect Tint is available in two shades: Neutralize and Balance. The no show formula is ideal for women of fair to medium complexion.

This summer, embrace your skin and try a tinted moisturizer. Stay tuned for the next installment of Summer Makeup 101 :)

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One of my favorite runway looks this season, by far, was the look created by DeShawn Hatcher for Becca Cosmetics at VENEXIANA. The 20’s/ 30’s retro vibe set to a modern 2012 landscape captured my heart right from the start. Ms. Hatcher shares the beauty deets on her catwalk creation:

For complexion:

First we used Becca Resurfacing primer in the t zone, then Becca’s concealer only where needed. To finish off the look I used Becca mineral powder foundation dry.

For Eyes:

The technique was a Semi Smokey Eye using Becca’s Lost Weekend/Prairie Moon palette (the darkest colors in both palettes–more to the outside corners of the eyes, instead of all over the lid, paired with top and bottom, spikey lashes, eyes lined (top and bottom inner rims and top bottom lids) in Becca’s Intense Black automatic pencil.

For Face:

A wash of blush in Estella concentrating on the apples of the cheeks–a beautiful coral color.

For Lips:

Lips were unlined and concentrating only in the center of the lip. I used Becca’s Lip and Cheek creme in Petal, and a beautiful Glossy Tint in Frappe–this is also a beautiful coral lip color to coordinate with the blush.

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Where will you be tonight at 9:00PM? I’m tuning in for the launch of ShopNBC’s first ever Beauty Day. The 27-hour event kicks off with “Beauty Confidential”, a show dedicated to bringing viewers the latest and greatest products from the experts behind the brands.

I’m looking forward to curling up in my Snuggie and checking out what’s new from brands like BECCA, Senna, Vapour, Raw Essentials by Carol Alt, Anthony Morrison haircare, and more.

ShopNBC Beauty also carries brands like Cosmedicine Skincare, Pacifica Beauty, Plantogen Skincare and clickR Skincare (which is the official skincare line of Sony Picture’s new movie, Burlesque). clickR products are rich in new technology and ingredients like gold, silver and diamond dust. I look forward to watching tonight and learning more about clickR and it’s claim of supporting beautiful, radiant skin.

As part of ShopNBC Anywhere, customers can shop and interact via cable and satellite TV, mobile devices, online at www.ShopNBC.com, and streamed live at www.ShopNBC.TV.

Well I’m off to pop my popcorn…

xoxo

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I. WANT. THIS. LOOK! For fall 2010, Becca Cosmetics’ Prairie Moon Collection features tones of khaki taupe, charcoal and caramel. I die!

The collection embodies a free-spirited bohemian vibe with a melange of rustic and romantic tones. Eyes are richly rimmed with intense shades green and grey. Cheeks are rose-flushed. Lips are caramel-colored lips and yummy!

Meet the collection:

  • Prairie Moon Palette: Limited-edition earthy colour palette comprising two eye colours: Chenille, a shimmery dusty khaki grey, and Voile, a matte creamy bone; Nappa, a taupe powder; Sagebrush, a compact eyeliner in a charcoal khaki; and Macchiato, a caramel-nude lipgloss
  • Eye Tint: A unique crème-to-powder eye colour in Pewter, a rich charcoal black. This long-lasting, water-resistant tint glides on effortlessly for highly pigmented colour
  • Beach Tint: Scented with a fig aroma, this water-resistant cheek and lip tint is now available in Fig, a tea-rose nude shade
  • Sheer Tint Lip Colour: New colour in Oleysa, a deep brown tone

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Fridays with Felicia: An intimate look behind the curtain as I share my favorite style/ beauty discoveries and ThisThatBeauty shenanigans from previous week.

The highlight of my fashion and beauty filled week was the opportunity to attend the sneak peek event for the Target Harlem Grand Opening. The star studded press event occurred on July 20 and on July 25, Tarjay Harlem will officially open its doors. Yay Team Harlem! So spread the word New York – For style, design, and great value: take the 6 train to 116th street.

Naturally I represented and wore a strong red lip (Lipstick Queen Red Sinner) for the grand opening. I mean c’mon, it’s Target…their logo is red!

Since I haven’t done a good old fashioned Face of the Day post in forever, let me go on and break this down for you :)

Selita Ebanks walked the red carpet at the Target store opening. She added a bit of glamour to her nude Sir Alistair Rai dress with a gold braided necklace from the Melania™ Timepieces & Jewelry collection.The piece is available at QVC.com and retails for $39.00.

Selita was indeed a vision on the red carpet. I appreciate that she went high/low and combined her designer frock with a frugalista friendly accessory piece.

I too went the high/low route with simple black Christian Louboutin pumps, Fiona Paxton necklace,Mossimo v-neck pocket tee (From Target) and this Aqua brand gold/black metallic skirt from Bloomingdales. I snagged it on sale for about $18!

And you couldn’t tell me a thing as I hit my hottest contortionist model pose on the red carpet! Hilar!

Ok, next time I’ll leave the “posing” to the real models :)

While perusing the aisles (makeup aisles, of course) at the grand opening, I spotted one of my beauty faves. She was carefully inspecting her product line on the shelves — crossing t’s and dotting i’s! See if you recognize this iconic makeup artist and entrepreneur…

It’s Sonia Kashuk. Yep, THE Sonia Kashuk — the woman behind the popular exclusive target cosmetic line. We chatted for a spell and did a quick interview regarding her new eco-friendly beauty tools. More deets on the interview soon…

Here’s Sonia Kashuk’s new line of bamboo and cork brushes….

Culture and lifestyle maven, Bevy Smith was in attendance and I was lucky enough to snag a quick flick (and rub the hem of her DVF garment). If you’re not following @bevysmith on Twitter you’re missing out on a daily dose of invaluable “Bevy-isms”.

Speaking of Twitter, I finally met one of my Twitter faves in-person. Please meet @theelegantthrifter aka Stan Williams. His book, The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details (Clarkson Potter) shows you “not just what to look for, but also how to look at an object to identify a great piece.”

Also follow Stan’s blog at www.theelegantthrifter.com

Here I am with world-renowed chef Marcus Samuelsson. Check out his kitchen collection at Target! Five-percent of each product’s purchase price will go to The Fund for Public Schools in support of the library at PS 180: Hugo Newman. www.schools.nyc.gov/site/M180

While I certainly enjoyed the many wonderful humans I met in Harlem that evening, it was a four-legged friend that sent my heart sailing….

Most folks at the event took “one” picture with Bullseye the Target mascot. Yours truly could not resist requesting a second picture with Bullseye…this one with a kiss! MmmmmmmmmmMWAH Bullseye!

Definitely check out the Harlem Tarjay! What a wonderful win for the community. #TeamHarlem!

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Beauty360.com, the online shopping destination for CVS/pharmacy’s prestige beauty retailer Beauty 360, carries coveted skincare brands including Ahava, Bioelements, Borba, Canyon Ranch Skincare, Mario Badescu and many more.

Today thru July 25 shop Beauty360.com for 20% off all your suncare and skincare purchases! By entering coupon code GLOW at checkout you will also receive free shipping when you spend $49 or more. Click on this link for additional details and products: http://tinyurl.com/337cyau

You may follow Beauty360 at www.twitter.com/beauty360 for beauty tips and news, event details and upcoming promotions.

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Here’s one for my brides — NYC Smile Design announces a cosmetic dental makeover contest for one lucky bride –to-be to win a FREE dental makeover worth up to $30,000. NYC Smile Design’s “Extreme Bridal Makeover” is a contest based in the metropolitan area. Women who are getting married are encouraged to share their stories for a chance to win a makeover worth $30,000.

In order to enter, the contestant must submit a story about why she is unhappy with her smile along with a picture. Dr. Ramin Tabib and Dr. Mello of NYC Smile Design will choose the person with the most compelling story to win the makeover and they will then work their magic to create the perfect smile for the big day.

In order to enter for a chance to win, you must first become a fan of NYC Smile Design’s Facebook page. Visit NYC Smile Design’s Facebook page for details to enter and for daily updates about the contest follow NYC Smile Design on Twitter.

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Visit Youngblood at the Plaza Hotel to get your ultimate mineral makeover. Through July 24, join the artists behind Youngblood to learn about flawless foundation application. For purchases over $150 you will receive an organza bag filled with a full size lip gloss, deluxe Primer sample, deluxe Hi-Def powder sample and a Kabuki brush.

Youngblood offers a comprehensive collection of natural-looking makeup. Visit the Plaza Hotel’s beauty level and learn more!

WHO: The Plaza Beauty

WHAT: Youngblood Cosmetics

WHEN: Now through Saturday, July 24th, 2010

WHERE: The Plaza Beauty One West 58th Street, Concourse Level NY, NY 10019 212.223.4694

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On July 26 one of my favorite makeup brands will debut on ShopNBC. (See previous BECCA posts here, here, here, and here)

BECCA Cosmetics will premiere on the network this Monday, July 26th at 11am and 7pm ET. The line is a fave of mine because its complexion range satisfies from Nicole Kidman to Alek Wek. The line features natural looking cosmetics that focus on a flawless and fresh finish, while benefiting the skin with anti-oxidant vitamins and high levels of broad spectrum sunscreen.

Of the launch on ShopNBC, BECCA founder, Rebecca Morrice Williams, has this to say: “We’re thrilled to be launching BECCA on ShopNBC. Offering women the opportunity to create flawless, natural looking skin is what the BECCA line pivots around. We’ve chosen many special, best-selling products for the face, eyes, lips and cheeks, and are very excited to introduce them to the ShopNBC audience”.

Tune in and learn more about BECCA!

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Last, but certainly not least, here’s a deal from Stila that I just had to share…..

  • Do you need makeup? (of course you do. LOL)
  • Do you have $10?
  • Ok, buy this!

Stila just launched limited edition Stila Girl Travel Palettes! The first of the series is Road to Radiance Across the USA inspired by Kylie’s road trip across the US!

The frugalista friendly palette includes:

Four Eye Shadows:
– Snow Bunny (shimmery champagne)
– Southern Belle (mauve)
– Valley Girl (pink)
– City Chick (alloy)

Convertible Color:
– Hibiscus (I lurrrrve Stila Convertible color cheek colors. “Fuchsia” is one of my faves)

Each palette is ONLY $10, a $65 VALUE! Collect all Five (check back next month for the new palette!)

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Have a great weekend everyone…I hope to do some crabbing down the shore! Nom nom!

xo,

Felicia

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With a nasty case of self diagnosed food poisoning barely behind me, it was with much trepidation that I made my way to day one of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Rather than over exert my barely regulated tummy by crazily jaunting from show to show, I decided to play it as cool as a fan and rock the “events” scene.  I’ve got six more days of actual fashion shows so I’m alright with taking things slow and steady Eddie.

My look for Day One was what I like to call “The Deranged Snow Bunny”. The look is built for warmth,  comfort, and functional style. The makeup is simple yet infused with a generous layers of buildable sheer blush to thoroughly reinforce the whole whole “deranged snow bunny” feel.

Complete deets on “The Deranged Snow Bunny”:

  • Dress: DVF (its a dress turned tunic to suit the cold temp. It’s paired with a random black fitted long sleeve tee)
  • Pants: Tart leggings (what you cant see in this pic is the cool metal zipper that runs up the back. My way of drizzling in a lil rocker chic.
  • Necklace: A multi strand gold and silver tone piece that was a Christmas gift from BFF Monireh
  • Coat: Vintage Whiskey Mink (You’re not my judge and jury. Thank you:) LOL)
  • Boots: Old school J Crew over the knee shearling boots.

The Makeup

  • Youngblood mineral primer
  • Becca concealer truffle
  • Stila creme blush in Fuchsia
  • Eve Pearl Loose powder in dark
  • L’Oreal Infalliblele  Gloss in plumping red

The started the day with me picking up my press pass and the un-de-iced Bryant Park. Grrr….Luckily I was wearing my older than dirt JCrew over the knee shearling boots. These bad boys predate the Ugg boot craze….yea, I’m ahead of my time like that (that’s why y’all eff with me, right?:))

Where was I? Oh yes. After picking up my press pass, my first stop was the HauteLook Lounge at the Bryant Park Hotel. The HauteLook Lounge is an editor’s oasis. It is a (somewhat) serene media escape from the hustle and bustle of le tents. There I met with representatives from Exhale Spa and Actifirm skin care. Faithful ThisThatBeauty readers know that skincare is my core so I was all ears as reps from both lines talked shop about their respective products and services. More to come, I promise!

From The HauteLook Lounge I had a non Fashion Week related appointment and then it was back to business at 5:00 for the RealBeauty.com event in Tribeca. RealBeauty.com is Hearst’s new beauty and wellness site. The launch event featured a special appearance by Katherine McPhee. In between cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (I had ginger ale..tummy’s still ikky) I managed to sneak in a quick mani at the RealBeauty nail salon. Check out my Zoya mani….drats, I do not recall the name of the polish. Its a purple-blue with irredescent sparkle. Special shout to Carolyn Hsu of The Daily Obsession…we were mani buddies!

After RealBeauty.com’s event, I met up with my NYFW sister for anotha motha, Adriana Nova. We met up at “Beauty Bash”, which was basically, a Botox and Latisse party. Curiosity got the best of me and led me to this affair which was hosted by Advance Derma Laser Tech of Madison Avenue. I arrived at the event as a tight faced cynic…and left with a Latisse prescription. Ha! How ya like those apples? What can I say?…they converted me.  More to come on my adventures with Latisse after I get my prescription filled.

As for BOTOX, c’mon now ya know the kid wasnt going that route. But for $hits and giggles I asked for an evaluation. Upon inspection of my pristine mug, the doc advised me to get the heck outta his face. Love it!

“Beauty Bash” pretty much capped the evening…with six more days of shows to go, I decided to head back to Jersey and rest up for Day Two. More tomorrow…stay tuned!

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Baby its cold outside but the bitter chill that is characteristic of January never stops the makeup obsessed from looking forward to Spring makeup trends. Like clockwork, every season about this time, Spring collections are launched. This season you will see many emerging color stories and trends.

One Spring theme to catch my attention is the look of healthy, sun-kissed make-up. The skin glows with a warm radiance. Expect lots of terracotta bronzers and blushers swept over the face. The makeup is fresh and natural. Eyes are softly touched with color and lips are delicately stained with neutral shades. Feast your eyes on the upcoming collections that embrace the Spring trend of sun-kissed skin.

Clinique

Becca

Bobbi Brown

Chanel

Giorgio Armani

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Today’s gift guide is is for the gal pal on your holiday list who absolutely positively lives for makeup (meaning: she’s a lot like moi). Gloss, bronzer, blush…you name it – she’s obsessed. Not sure what to buy your makeup loving BFF? Fret not, I’ve got you covered. Behold…

ThisThatBeauty Approved Holiday Gift Guide: For the Makeup Obsessed

MAKE UP FOR EVER Flash Color Palette – $95P219411_hero

Want to see your Makeup Obsessed BFF completely lose it? If you answered, “yes”, may I suggest MAKE UP FOR EVER Flash Color Palette! It is a creamy, highly pigmented color palette with soft texture that blends easily with other shades. Flash Colors are ideally suited for creating personalized hues of blush, eye shadows and lip color. I swear by the peach and pink shades as a blush base for brides. Flash Colors are easily set with loose powder or eye shadow. This palette is a makeup fiend’s dream. Trust me on this one!

04055710Clarins Gold Attraction Face Palette – $57

Embrace all that sparkles this holiday season! Clarins Gold Attraction Face Palette is the perfect choice for a subtle hint of sexy golden shimmer on the face or decolletage. This luxuriously packaged face palette is a great gift for the makeup lover in your life. The soft beige powder with both glossy and matte colour combine beautifully to create a face palette that is extremely flattering and will compliment a variety of complexions. Inspired by the radiance of Venice, Gold Attraction Face Palette can be used to light up your eyes, decolletage and high points of the face. This gift is sure to make a statement!

Smashbox Eyelights in Smokebox – $346a00d8341cb58653ef012875ed94cc970c-250wi

In my experience as a makeup artist, do you know what the number one requested look is? Yep, you guessed it…SMOKY EYES! Eyelights in Smokebox is a smoky, sultry trio of shadows designed to work flawlessly to create the ultimate smoky eye. You don’t have to be a makeup artist to achieve this highly sought after look. Smashbox makes it simple with this perfect palette of intense metallic shadows. Eyelights in Smokebox includes warm beige, soft brown, and intense black. FIERCE!

My_Sculpted_Face_48fb94d2a5197My Sculpted Face – $38

This is the perfect gift for the makeup obsessed bella in your life who has EVERYTHING! Help your makeup loving BFF take her application to the next level. My Sculpted Face provides step by step instruction on bringing out cheekbones, contouring a double chin, slenderizing the forehead, and slimming or straightening the nose. All powders in My Sculpted Face are designed in custom shades that closely match the natural shadows created by facial feature dimension. Furthermore, My Sculpted Face is plain old cool and will knock your makeup crazed BFF’s socks off. I use My Sculpted all the time and LOVE the results!

Lord & Berry Black Wardrobe – $3841GSRP2MFZL._SS500_

This four piece eye pencil set offers you all the shades of black you need: matte, shiny, sparkling black, and violet-black. Lord & Berry Black Wardrobe is truly a wardrobe in black. Smooth Black is perfect for everyday office wear. The slight hint of violet in Cool Black dresses up you eyes with just of hint of smokey purple. Mirror black is slick and glossy for an uber wet effect. Sparkly Black is best for a night out on the town…all eyes will be on you! Black Wardrobe is packaged in a portable Lord & Berry soft pouch. The set also includes a sharpener.

SHOWGIRL_PALETTE_250x250BECCA Showgirl Holiday Palette – $65

My Holiday Gift Guide would be incomplete without the inclusion of BECCA, one of ThisThatBeauty’s fav brands! Many of you followed my recent breakdown on Twitter when I lost my beloved Compact Concealer. Thankfully New London Pharmacy NYC had my shade (Truffle) in stock. Crisis averted!

As a huge fan of multitasking palettes, I simply had to add Showgirl Holiday Palette to my holiday gift guide for the Makeup Obsessed. Showgirl is a glamorous collaboration of shades for eye, lips, and cheeks. This conveniently packaged all-in-one palette is perfect for the glamour gal on the go who needs to get gorg fast! The shades include:

  • Lip & Cheek Creme – Holly hock (berry)
  • Nude Lip Gloss – Parisette (soft pink)
  • Eye Color Wash – Tulle (misty lilac)
  • Eye Colour Wash – Charmeuse (mushroom beige)
  • Compact Eyeliner – Emmanuelle (dark brown)
  • Dual Ended Brush – Eyeliner/ Eye Shadow Brush combination

The Body Shop Eye and Cheek Palette – $13pd-Eye-and-Cheek-Palette-Lilac-Caramel

Here’s another palette stunner. These party-ready products for eyes, lips and cheeks feature highly effective moisturizing and skin conditioning community Trade Marula Oil from Nambia’s Eudafang Women’s Co Operative.

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Laura Gellar Baked Cake Eyeliner Duo – $27

This revolutionary liner offers creamy and intense buildable color that glides on with a fluidity that creates the perfect flawless line or a sultry smudgy look! When Baked Cake Eyeliner Duo is applied wet, the liner become water resistant and lasts for hours. ThisThatBeauty’s fav shade is Blueberry/ Dutch Chocolate. Yumma yumma!

Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick – $20productshot

Inspired by Mohammed Ali’s famous quote from Rumble in the Jungle “I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”, Lipstick Queen’s latest launch, Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick, comes in five beautifully subtle shades that are as sheer as the wings of a butterfly. Each shimmer tint contains a hint of turquoise which creates a very flattering blue flash to make your teeth appear whiter. How cool is that? The luscious formula contains nourishing Vitamin E, C, B and Aloe which makes Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment incredibly wet, soft, and moisturizing. All five shades are incredibly flattering and sheer enough to be universally flattering.

  • Float – Pale shimmering nude
  • Fly – Hot shimmering pink
  • Trance – Subtle shimmering Raspberry (my fav!)
  • Moment – Sexy shimmering Red
  • Goodbye – Deep shimmering wine



I was recently asked to complete a beauty quiz about my beauty rituals and favorite products. Actually, I will republish my responses on ThisThatBeauty…you all might get a kick out of it!

One of the questions in the quiz asked:

If you could work for any cosmetics brand, which one would it be?

My response is BECCA

I have briefly talked about BECCA in the past but I have not fully elaborated on the greatness of this incredibly inclusive beauty brand. My attraction to BECCA comes from a variety of angles. As a connoisseur of beauty, a beauty writer, a makeup artist, and a woman of color – BECCA truly satisfies.

Founder Rebecca Morrice Williams created BECCA out of years of frustration in trying to find her perfect match foundation that would conceal blemishes while looking natural…essentially, the HOLY GRAIL! No one wants to wear foundation the announces its presence to the world.

After more than seven years of scientific research and development, Rebecca’s search ended and BECCA was born. BECCA offers a wide range of of skin perfecting products that meet the needs of women of ALL complexions….from Kelly Osbourne to Alec Wek, BECCA’s got you covered!

While I adore just about everything BECCA has to offer, there are a few products that I call standouts!

Birds of Paradise Gloss –

This stuff is amazing! BECCA hits the nail on the head when it comes to multi-use products. Birds of Paradise Gloss is a beautiful iridescent gloss that gives gorgeous highlight and a dewy finish to lips, cheeks, and eyes. If your complexion has gone dull and is in need of a boost, TRY THIS!

Shimmering Skin Perfector –

This is a water based moisturizer with SPF20. Shimmering Skin Perfector uses light diffusing particles of shimmer to give instant radiance and a healthy glow. The product also contains Vitamins A, B, D, and E. My personal favs are Gold and Topaz.

Brazilian Bronzing Sheen –

Cancel that trip to Rio because BECCA’s Brazilian Bronzing Sheen will give you the rich sun kissed glow you seek! This multi-use product can be used on eyes, face, and lips and is suitable for all complexions…yes ALL (from Kelly to Alec).

If you’re challenged in finding your exact foundation shade, I encourage you to check out BECCA. If you’re in the NY area, you should definitely check out BECCA at The Makeup Show – NYC.

Click HERE for BECCA retail locations.

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    I was recently asked to complete a beauty quiz about my beauty rituals and favorite products. Actually, I will republish my responses on ThisThatBeauty…you all might get a kick out of it!

    One of the questions in the quiz asked:

    If you could work for any cosmetics brand, which one would it be?

    My response is BECCA

    I have briefly talked about BECCA in the past but I have not fully elaborated on the greatness of this incredibly inclusive beauty brand. My attraction to BECCA comes from a variety of angles. As a connoisseur of beauty, a beauty writer, a makeup artist, and a woman of color – BECCA truly satisfies.

    Founder Rebecca Morrice Williams created BECCA out of years of frustration in trying to find her perfect match foundation that would conceal blemishes while looking natural…essentially, the HOLY GRAIL! No one wants to wear foundation the announces its presence to the world.

    After more than seven years of scientific research and development, Rebecca’s search ended and BECCA was born. BECCA offers a wide range of of skin perfecting products that meet the needs of women of ALL complexions….from Kelly Osbourne to Alec Wek, BECCA’s got you covered!

    While I adore just about everything BECCA has to offer, there are a few products that I call standouts!

    Birds of Paradise Gloss –

    This stuff is amazing! BECCA hits the nail on the head when it comes to multi-use products. Birds of Paradise Gloss is a beautiful iridescent gloss that gives gorgeous highlight and a dewy finish to lips, cheeks, and eyes. If your complexion has gone dull and is in need of a boost, TRY THIS!

    Shimmering Skin Perfector –

    This is a water based moisturizer with SPF20. Shimmering Skin Perfector uses light diffusing particles of shimmer to give instant radiance and a healthy glow. The product also contains Vitamins A, B, D, and E. My personal favs are Gold and Topaz.

    Brazilian Bronzing Sheen –

    Cancel that trip to Rio because BECCA’s Brazilian Bronzing Sheen will give you the rich sun kissed glow you seek! This multi-use product can be used on eyes, face, and lips and is suitable for all complexions…yes ALL (from Kelly to Alec).

    If you’re challenged in finding your exact foundation shade, I encourage you to check out BECCA. If you’re in the NY area, you should definitely check out BECCA at The Makeup Show – NYC.

    Click HERE for BECCA retail locations.

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